Carpenter earnings by seniority

Approximate values based on highest and lowest earning segments.

Carpenter salary by state

State Name Average Salary
Colorado $38,281
Oregon $34,859
Illinois $37,230
Pennsylvania $35,397
California $36,504
Washington $34,171
Texas $30,363
North Carolina $35,274
Michigan $31,585
New York $34,652
New Jersey $35,680
Ohio $32,000
Minnesota $30,000
Wisconsin $31,600
Maryland $27,040
Massachusetts $29,120
Florida $27,040
Virginia $27,040

How much does a Carpenter earn?

Carpentry is one of the oldest professions in construction, and one of the most flexible. One could choose to work on a smaller scale, building frameworks for homes, or on a slightly bigger scale, insulating a high-rise building, or even on a massive scale, fortifying trusses for bridges.

The starting carpenter salary for apprentices is typically between 30 to 50 percent of the wage that experienced carpenters make, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS). The industries hiring the most apprentice carpenters included residential building construction firms; non-residential building construction companies; building finishing contractors; and companies that specialize in foundation, and structure and building exteriors.

Union carpenters often receive higher carpenter salaries and better benefits because of their union's bargaining power. A union's bargaining power gives it the ability to negotiate wages with employers. Union carpenters must train as apprentices for three or four years before they become journeymen. They earn annual salaries averaging more than $70,000 annually.

How do carpenter salaries compare to similar careers?

Carpenters earn about the same as related careers in the United States. On average, they make less than plumbers but more than construction painters.

Career Median Salary
Plumber salary $35K
Woodworker salary $30K
Cabinetmaker salary $29K
Roofer salary $31K
Stone cutter salary $32K
Carpenter salary $31K
Fork lift operator salary $29K
Drywall and ceiling tile installer salary $31K
Construction worker salary $28K
Construction painter salary $29K

Source: CareerExplorer (Aggregated)